he was sitting in his own feces and urine and maggots were visible

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by KINGOFSHORTS, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Is it just me or does it look like they are not giving the whole complete story?


    BELLAIRE,Ohio -- Community reaction has been intense to our story about the morbidly obese man who spent two years in his chair.
    Everyone is asking, "how could this happen?"

    A man whose skin had fused to his chair, with bedsores, maggots and excrement everywhere. The description from the first responders was horrifying.

    Now the 43-year-old Bellaire man has died according to our radio news partner WKKX.

    Who is in charge of a case like this? First of all, is it a legal issue? A Belmont County legal authority says it appears that it is not.

    The man, from all official accounts, was not being held against his will, was not a captive, not forced to live confined to his chair, with no access to hygiene.

    WTRF 7 News is told by several sources that the man insisted on living his life in his chair, insisted that his girlfriend bring him food and soft drinks.

    Several people have suggested it's a case for Adult Protective Services. However, their jurisdiction is reportedly limited to the elderly. Clients must be in their 60s or older. A 43 year old does not qualify.

    Is it a case for Children's Services? So often, cases involving filthy houses fall under their jurisdiction. But in this case, officials say, no children were involved.

    And there's the Health Department---They do have an environmental health section, but it deals more with things like lead paint on walls that could affect children.

    No one wants to address this issue on camera. But off-camera, this is what they are saying.

    "This is a living condition issue, that is unfortunately a matter of personal choice. It didn't affect a child, it didn't affect a senior citizen. It's a gray area. The kind of case that falls between the cracks."

    And finally there's the landlord---She says she's been attacked online and on the airwaves and she's tired of it.

    She says, "you rent to adult and you expect them to know how to live. He was always sitting underneath a blanket. I had no idea the extent of it."

    She says there are now seven people cleaning the house.